Building MTASA Server on GNU Linux

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Building on GNU/Linux

Preparing your system

In order to build the Multi Theft Auto dedicated server, you will have to set up your system with the correct libraries and tools. How these are installed depends on your distribution.

Our network module is distributed as a precompiled binary library. The latest version for GNU/Linux can be found on our Downloads page on GitHub.

Debian Linux

Includes derivative distributions such as Ubuntu.

You will need the necessary build tools, headers and libraries, which are distributed through the following Debian packages (e.g. Debian Lenny):

  • build-essential: contains the necessary tools, headers and libraries to build applications
  • automake: contains the automake tools
  • libtool: contains the libtool software required to build libraries
  • git-core: contains the git client used to check out our code repository
  • libcurl3-dev: contains the cURL library (version 3 without SSL support)
  • libpcre3-dev: contains the PCRE library (version 3)
  • libsqlite3-dev: contains the SQLite library (version 3)
  • libreadline5-dev: contains the readline library (version 5)

To install these packages through apt, use the apt-get install <package list> command as in the following example (executed as root):

apt-get install build-essential automake libtool git-core libcurl4-openssl-dev libpcre3-dev libsqlite3-dev libreadline5-dev subversion

Gentoo Linux

You will need the necessary build tools, headers and libraries. Because Gentoo’s portage system is designed to compile any packages on your own system, the necessary build tools will have already been installed. This only leaves you to install the necessary libraries:

  • sqlite: contains the SQLite library
  • git: contains the client used to check out our code repository
  • curl: contains the cURL library; to compile with SSL support, apply the net-misc/curl ssl USE flag

To compile and install these packages through emerge, use the emerge -v <package list> command. The -v option shows additional * * information and can be omitted. (If you want to use any USE flags, prepend emerge with USE="use flags here". You can also use the -pv option to verify that you’re using the correct flags.) Refer to the Gentoo Handbook or manual for more information on emerge.


emerge -v subversion sqlite
USE=“net-misc/curl ssl” emerge -v curl

A warning for x64

The MTA:SA server currently cannot be properly compiled in 64-bit mode. Instead, you should compile it in 32-bit mode and run it using 32-bit compatibility mode.

General instructions

Prepare the sparsehash library

You can skip this step if your distribution’s package manager provides a sparsehash package that you can install.

cd vendor/sparsehash/current
autoreconf -fi
sh ./configure
make install
cd ../../..

Compiling the server

autoreconf -fi
make install

Your vanilla server will now be compiled and installed into the MTA10_Server/output/ directory.

Run the server

Grab the latest from the Downloads page on GitHub and place it in your output directory, install the accounts.xml, mtaserver.conf and acl.xml files into the mods/deathmatch/ directory and grab the latest resources from the multitheftauto-resources project. You can then run your server.

cd MTA10_Server/output


Any errors during the compilation of json-c can be solved by calling autoreconf -fi from the json-c directory.

If you’re getting any unexpected errors while compiling, please check our Bug tracker or our IRC channel #mta on

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